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A celebration of peace through progress

History | London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 helped usher in an era of optimism in the West
by Ben Wilson
Posted 3/25/17, 08:47 am

As the debate about free trade vs. Trump protectionism intensifies, Ben Wilson’s Heyday—a runner-up for WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the history and ideology categoryis worth reading.

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Ancient Assyrian palace found in Mosul ruins

History | Site lay hidden under a Sunni shrine built over a tomb many believe belonged to the prophet Jonah
by Julie Borg
Posted 3/09/17, 12:49 pm

In 2014, Islamic State militants captured the Iraqi city of Mosul and bombed an ancient shrine that many believe contained the burial place of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. The tomb was located within a Sunni mosque near the site of the ancient city of Nineveh.

After Iraqi troops liberated Mosul in January, archaeologists were dismayed to see the extent of tomb’s damage—but then they discovered a priceless treasure. Buried beneath the shrine they found the 2,600-year-old palace of King Sennacherib of Assyria.

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George Washington’s failed romances and long marriage

History | A Presidents Day look at the faithful father of our country
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/20/17, 10:34 am

Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are only eight days apart this year, but widely separated in how we perceive them: V-Day brings cards, chocolates, and roses, but P-Day brings to mind portraits of an old, unsmiling George Washington suitable for framing in schoolrooms and government buildings.

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